Off-roading isn’t exclusive to vehicles like the new 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor, with the right modifications even a base model SUV can be transformed into a seriously rugged trekker. At Van Horn Ford of Oconomowoc, our Ford parts team is well versed in off-road transformations and has helped put together this short list of some of their favorite modifications.

Off-roading can put a lot of strain on your vehicle, particularly your tires. Your tires are your first line in defense against serious off-roading obstacles, which is why you ought to purchase a set that is ready for the worst of the worst. Our parts team highly recommends that any off-road vehicle use a hefty set of off-road tires. With deep-set tread and a durable build, these tires can chew through any terrain, whether it’s snow, mud, or even sand.

Sometimes it helps to be high off the ground. Obstacles that you may face on the trail can risk scraping the undercarriage of your vehicle, so the higher your ground clearance, the better. Our auto mechanics recommend that drivers purchase a lift kit to increase the ground clearance of their vehicle. Off-roaders should also consider skid plates that are installed to the undercarriage of your vehicle for additional protection against rock and debris.

Last, but far from least, our parts team recommends that drivers invest in some solid suspension upgrades. The suspension on a standard street car is great, but it’s no match for the rigorous challenges that the trail can dish out. By purchasing a revamped suspension system you can enjoy a far smoother and safer ride when out on the trail.

Off-roading is a thrilling way to drive, and our team at Van Horn Ford of Oconomowoc are here to make sure you take on the wilderness safely. From our Hartford Ford dealers to our wide selection of vehicles, Van Horn Ford of Oconomowoc is your center all things automotive.